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International Credit Union Day Celebrates The Authentic Difference

On October 20, 2016, credit unions around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day.

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives, offering the same services as other financial institutions, but with a people-first philosophy. Since 1948, on the third Thursday of every October, credit unions have celebrated the principles that make credit unions the best financial partners of people all over the world. The Authentic Difference, this year's ICU Day theme, zeroes in on what makes credit unions different from banks, fintech startups and other financial institutions — our principles.

Credit unions around the globe have operated according to the same core principles since the 1850s, when a group of weary German workers, tired of being exploited by loan sharks, formed the world's first credit union by banding together to provide affordable credit to each other.

These principles are derived from the principles shared by all cooperatives. They are:

  1. Democratic Control. One member = one vote. Whether you have $5 or $5 million, your voice is equal.
  2. Open and Voluntary Membership. Members are connected by a bond of association, fostering a sense of community.
  3. Non-Discrimination. Credit unions are open to all without regard for race, orientation, nationality, sex, religion, gender or politics.
  4. Service to Members. Credit unions are ranked #1 in service in numerous surveys, because they exist to serve members, not profit.
  5. Distribution to Members. Credit unions return all profits to their members through dividends, lower fees, better savings rates and improved services.
  6. Building Financial Stability. Credit unions are historically stable organizations. They're owned by the people they serve, so they don't take unnecessary risks.
  7. Cooperation Among Cooperatives. Credit unions and other cooperatives share the same principles. Together, they amplify each other's good works.
  8. Social Responsibility. Credit unions strive for social justice by committing to strengthening their communities and helping people of modest means.
  9. Ongoing Education. Credit unions prioritize financial education for their members, employees and communities as part of their pursuit of social justice.

This is why we celebrate ICU Day at Columbus Metro. We think ideas like people before profit, social responsibility and financial education improve lives. It's why cooperative banking is a key component of helping people in developing countries get access to microloans, or a middle-class couple in Columbus receive an affordable mortgage for their first home.

So when we wish you a Happy ICU Day at Columbus Metro, know that we're thanking you for belonging to a movement that's helping your neighbors — and people around the world — grow and thrive and follow their dreams.


Spread the Word, Share the Wealth

At Columbus Metro, we believe the highest compliment you can pay us is to recommend us to someone else. Now you can earn up to $50 each time you do, thanks to our new referral program.

You can refer almost anyone, as long as they live, work, worship or attend school in Franklin County. And there's no limit on the number of people you can refer. The more referrals you make, the more you can earn!

You'll earn $25 if your referral opens a qualifying checking account and $25 if they finance an auto loan with us. That's up to $50 per referral. What's more, your referral will earn the same amount.

It's easy to cash in. Simply complete our referral form and give it to a friend, neighbor, family member or co-worker. Have them bring the form to any of our branches to open a new account. After the account's been open 60 days, we'll review it and pay out the cash!

For complete details, stop in any of our offices or go to


Members Save on Summer Fun

Columbus Metro offers member discounts on tickets to some of the area's most popular attractions, including Cedar Point, the Columbus Zoo and Kings Island. Tickets are available for sale at our Gahanna, Reynoldsburg and Whitehall offices. Ticket sales are non-refundable and tickets cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

Please refer to the individual park's website for hours of operation and other important information, including other ticket offers.

2016 Amusement Park Ticket Sales
Park Name
Type of Ticket
Member Price
General Admission
Cedar Point Good Any Day Ages 3-61 & 48" or taller in shoes
$65.00 + tax
$15.50 + tax
  Ride & Refresh Ticket + free 20 oz. soft drinks all day
Not available @ gate
  Junior/Senior Ages 3-61 & under 48" tall in shoes or age 62+
$45.00 + tax
$1.50 + tax
Columbus Zoo Adult Ages 10-59
Franklin County resident: $14.99 / All others $19.99
  Child Ages 3-9 (under age 3 free)
Franklin County resident: $9.99 / All others $14.99
  Senior Ages 60+
Franklin County resident: $9.99 / All others $14.99
Kings Island Adult Good Any Day Ages 3-61 & 48" or taller in shoes
  Adult Ride & Refresh* Ticket + free 20 oz. soft drinks all day
Not available @ gate
  Jr/Sr Good Any Day Ages 3-61 under 48" tall in shoes or age 62+
  Jr/Sr Ride & Refresh* Ticket + free 20 oz. soft drinks all day
Not available @ gate
  *All members of your party must have a Ride & Refresh ticket
Coaster Combo Adult Only Ages 3 & up
$65.00 online
  Includes one visit to Kings Island & one visit to Cedar Point







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